Erwin McManus is a Pastor who is passionate about creativity and spirituality. His Catalyst talk was amazing! Everyone loved what he said so much, that his new book The Artisan Soul sold out at the book stations.
He said that we have a battle between awakening the wonder and conforming. We have believed the lie that there is only an elite group of people who are creative.
"When we are born we have a natural creative ability. We just have never awakened the wonder in us."
McManus said that we don't understand who we are because we are afraid of studying God. Isn't that true?
Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we can not see."
Here are some points from my notes:
*We are the only species that are held to a unique standard that we must have faith to please God. God created us with intention. We have hope in what we HAVE, and we are fearful of what we hope for. This is backwards!
*We are future creatures, HOPE only exists in the future!
*Faith is confidence and assurance in what we do not see.
*We need an ancient faith, but not an old one.
*We were a dream in God's mind before we ever became a fetus in our mom's womb.
God created us. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. He gave us talents, gifts, and abilities. We are His masterpieces created for good things!
You have some sort of gift, something He blessed you with in order to honor Him with.
What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? What feels effortless to you but you've had people tell you they could never do that?
THAT's your gift!
Even if it's just a hug, this one lady at our church gives THE BEST hugs.
Maybe it's encouraging words. There is a lady in our Facebook group that sends handwritten encouraging notes to people in the groups... and they always end up to the people at just the right time.
There is creativity in you because the Creator of the universe made you.
One way to awaken creativity that might have been lost in you as an adult, is to color again. Many people have created adult coloring books. One of them is a friend of mine.
Spry Mind Check out Scott Cuzzo's adult coloring books on Amazon. His newest one has quotes from some really awesome people!
McManus also said, "The universe in US is so much more fascinating than the universe out there."
What God has put in us is amazing and a miracle. Use it. He wants you to!
God bless you today and always.